Took a Portland trip this weekend, and had a very excellent time. My best souvenirs:
* handmade pear/shea butter soap that smells just amazing. I don’t even want to use it, I just want to huff it, or maybe leave it in my car all the time.
* via my friends at Powell’s, used copies of <i>Summerland</I> (which completes my Michael Chabon novel collection), Munro’s <i>View from Castle Rock</i>, and McCullers’s <i>The Heart is a Lonely Hunter</i>.
* a VooDoo donut. Unlike my omnivore companions, I did not try the Bacon-Maple Donut, but I did have a McMeniman Cream Donut, which is maple with cream in the middle, and it was warm and fresh and good.
* a bag of organizational stuff (read: more unnecessary things) from IKEA, including more magazine files and a new rug and, oh yes, a $.99 y-shaped vegetable peeler. And some funnels to keep it company. And these weird sock-drawer organizers.